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Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

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May 17, 2018

AudioHelicase podcast: Iain Cheeseman discusses cell division and what can happen when it goes wrong

In this episode of AudioHelicase, Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.


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To open science, destigmatize critique

June 22, 2018

Whitehead Visiting Scholar Jessica Polka's guest blog discusses sharing interim research products and destigmatizing critique.

In the News

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June 21, 2018

Transcriptional droplets provide evidence for new model of gene control

Whitehead Institute scientists have found evidence that the apparatus that transcribes DNA into RNA is concentrated into specialized droplets, or “condensates”, at genes that control cell identity. 

Whitehead Member Ankur Jain

June 19, 2018

Stem-cell-derived Zika model suggests mechanisms underlying microcephaly

Infected microglia cells can ferry Zika virus to developing brain


Illustration of a brain with RNA

June 7, 2018

Network of diverse noncoding RNAs acts in the brain

First known network consisting of three types of regulatory RNAs is identified

Whitehead Member Ankur Jain

June 5, 2018

Ankur Jain Joins Whitehead Institute

Jain will investigate the biology of RNA aggregation


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